I did nothing except sort out some washing, think about meals and work on music harmony. The subject at the moment is modulation and today was entirely on musical style and form: how modulations are used to create form, tension and resolution and then which Major and Minor keys are used in what particular combinations in traditional Western music, that is, since the 1650s.
All very interesting but at times rather demanding as I tried to remember all the key signatures of the different relevant dominant keys and the accidentals in the minor keys. It is all quite logical but I am not used to it yet and some of my analysis of works got rather abstruse!!
However I stopped at 8.0 pm to make supper for us both and then had a treat by watching a film on BBC 4 of one of Virginia Woolf’s books, ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, starring Vanessa Redgrave. It was beautifully acted and I was gripped for one and a half hours. I read the book years ago but, as often happens with a really good film or poetry reading, I got much more from it today. But of course I am older now which may make a difference.
A friend of mine has been ill with a virus and since he hopes he is no longer infectious I am going to visit him tomorrow. He lives alone and I don’t think he has had the energy to cook much while he has been ill so I am going to take supper over with me which we will probably eat whilst watching the next disc of Babylon 5. So, what to take? Something tasty and nutritious of course. He likes strong flavours and with the legacy of a cold and chest infection I think I will take something to promote warmth and sweating!! So my lovely ‘Indian Cooking’ by Madhur Jaffrey has been brought out: it was a birthday present last year from my husband. My choice is Goan-Style hot and sour pork, accompanied by whole green lentils with garlic and onions, and fluffy rice. Lots of garlic, onions, protein and ten different spices to hopefully perk up his constitution and fight the bugs.